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Learning how to be brave: a lesson for parents & kids

Jumping off Savin Kuk in the mountains of Montenegro

Learning how to be brave Do you trust your kids? With their own life? Really? It’s harder than it sounds. I thought I was a relaxed Mum when it came to adventure. But when my daughter started to risk assess for herself, I panicked. A seven year old girl was surely too young to make [...]

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Crashes and close calls cycling in the Balkans

Crashes & close calls cycling in the Balkans Travelling as a family is nothing like travelling as a couple. Even the smallest members of the group are independent beings whose changing needs and capabilities have to be factored in as they grow. Parenting while travelling is a never ending game of weighing up situations, skills [...]

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Monster Rollers: Downhill Scootering in Julian Alps

Monster Rollers. On a Downhill Scooter in Bovec, Slovenia Scooters are great for kids. In the back yard. But what about a downhill scooter? On a mountain? 18 kms of mountain? With sheer drop at the side? I don’t let my daughter go to the village shop unaccompanied on hers. Therefore I was a little [...]

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I’ve had my fill of packaged thrills and spills

Wild Water Raftig Center Parcs

I’ve had my fill of packaged thrills and spills We’ve had an amazing fun filled family week driving across Europe en route to Iceland, stopping off for a wide variety of new, different, enjoyable, thrilling and exciting family activities as we’ve made our way across Holland, Germany and Denmark. So why after all that action [...]

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What is dangerous is arguing it’s not..

What is dangerous is arguing it’s not.. I am in bed with a fisherman. Well, not literally, the fisherman is on top of me. Well, not literally, he’s hovering over my head. Let me just clarify. I am in a set of kids bunk beds, double kids bunk beds. Yes, literally. Two king size beds, [...]

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We climbed out of Cumbria and arrived in Iceland

We climbed out of Cumbria and arrived in Iceland About half way through our winter C2C tour we stopped off in Nenthead to visit Dick Phillips, an expert in Icelandic cycle touring. We were hoping to shape some more definitive plans for a summer tour of Iceland but you don’t always get what you want [...]

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Skating on thin ice…. contemplating winter cycling

Cumbria Snow and Ice

Skating on thin ice? The mum ahead of me on the school run is acting really weird. She’s holding on to the wall like she’s drunk, feet flailing beneath her. Moments later I mirror her stance. We cling to the grey stone as our feet slither and slide. On this grey winter’s morning, with freezing [...]

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An early gap year for the kids?

An early gap year for the kids Sending your kids off on a gap year is a rite of passage for any parent. The dramatic goodbye, the niggling irrational fear they’ll get snatched, lost, robbed or pickled in alcohol. The hope they won’t fall for an Aussie and want to relocate halfway across the world, [...]

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10 reasons to stop cotton wool parenting

Dangeous Cliffs

10 reasons to stop cotton wool parenting You are a parent. Looking after kids is your job right? And to do that job well you have to protect them from danger. But are you overprotecting them? Are you cotton wool parenting? I’m forever wondering whether I’ve got the balance right between protecting from genuine threats [...]

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Kids need adventure. Parents need to teach them how.

Kids need adventure. Parents need to teach them how. Do you get bored with routine? Do you long for more adventure in your life? Do you think your kids do? Do you think it matters? Research conducted by One Poll in the UK in May 2010 reported 85% of children age 6-12 longing for more [...]

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